Bruno Procópio is one of the most prominent young harpsichordists in France. A student of both Pierre Hantaï and Christophe Rousset, his reputation as a leading Baroque specialist is now spreading rapidly abroad.
Born in Brazil in 1976, Bruno Procópio began his musical studies in Rio de Janeiro.
In 1994, his exceptional talent brought him to France. He gained admission to the Paris Conservatory, where he studied harpsichord performance with Christophe Rousset and Pierre Hantaï. He also studied chamber music with Blandine Ranou and Kenneth Weiss, and pianoforte with Patrick Cohen. He graduated in 2001 with first prizes in both harpsichord and continuo performance.
Bruno Procópio founded the record label Paraty in 2007. His mission was to explore the rich Baroque and Classical repertoire on period instruments. Paraty’s first release was a set of 3 Keyboard Partitas by JS Bach. The disc completed the set of 6 Partitas; Procópio recorded the first 3, his recording début, in 2004.
His first volume of the Partitas was exceptionally well received by music critics, earning five stars from French Diapason Magazine. American Fanfare Magazine selected the disc as one of the five best Baroque albums of the year.
His follow-up CD on Paraty, the complete sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord by J. S. Bach, was given the Choc Award by French magazine Le Monde de la Musique. The CD was also singled out by Luxembourg’s Pizzicato Magazine for its highest honors.
Two more CDs followed, each widely acclaimed. The first was dedicated to François Couperin, another explored works by colonial composer Marcos Portugal. Procópio’s much-anticipated new CD will be released in June 2012: “Concerted Harpsichord Works” by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Paraty is distributed by Codaex throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.
Following his success as a Baroque soloist, Bruno Procópio has taken up a parallel career in conducting. He recently conducted the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela. He is scheduled to record Rameau’s ballets with the ensemble in July 2012, for Paraty. In 2012 he will also make his conducting debut with the prestigious Symphonic Orchestra of Brazil. He has also led the Brazilian Manaus Opera Orchestra and the Catholic University Orchestra in Chile.
Bruno Procópio is frequently invited to give master-classes throughout South America, including Brazil, Venezuela, and Chile. He recently gave his first master-class in Asia, at the Beijing Central Conservatory.